Well a few days ago I had an epiphany and it hurt.
My old 2006 MacBook Pro that I haven't booted in months - and haven't booted to Mac OSX side in over a year - may have some of the photo's and video's I'd thought I'd lost when I lost my old gallery server (lucifer).
So I fired her up and waddya know? There they are.. I've since spent the last week sorting them in to ones I'd saved and ones I'd lost - which is now complete! Yay!
So now I have to upload them, which is a bit of a bummer as there's lots of metadata that I have to input manually, so I gather this is gonna slip out over working hours and may take weeks or longer.. bugger indeed.
Also not easy when you can't sit long because your back is hurting!